Casey’s killer ‘was not schizophrenic’ jury told

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A WOMAN accused of stabbing a teenage girl to death in a South Yorkshire park was not a paranoid schizophrenic, nor was she psychotic, a court heard.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Professor Nigel Eastman said Hannah Bonser, aged 26, who is accused of murdering 13-year-old Casey Kearney in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, had a ‘personality disorder’ but was not a paranoid schizophrenic.

Defence consultant psychiatrist Dr Alexander Shubsachs, told the court he thought Bonser, who denies murder, was a paranoid schizophrenic.

He said meetings with her, and examinations of writings she produced before and after the attack, confirmed his belief.

But asked if he agreed with the diagnosis, Professor Eastman said: “I don’t. I understand why he came to that conclusion but I think it’s wrong.”

Professor Eastman said after reading NHS and social services files dating back to her childhood and interviewing her twice, he diagnosed Bonser as suffering from a personality disorder.

He said Bonser was ‘unconvincing’ when describing her illness to him and almost had ‘too many symptoms’.

He said she was ‘playing games’ with him during her interviews adding: “I think she is probably avoiding confronting things.

“At times she may not be entirely honest and truthful.”

Professor Eastman said Bonser, of St James Street, Doncaster, was ‘inconsistent’ in describing her symptoms to different doctors. He added her amnesia was so extensive it was ‘not believable’.

He said: “I think she has a personality disorder and she does get pseudo psychotic symptoms.”

Earlier Dr Shubsachs was asked if he thought Bonser had killed Casey in order to get herself admitted to hospital.

Dr Shubsachs said: “I think that is a ridiculous suggestion.”

The trial continues.